As part of a joint residency Pépinières Européennes (Fr), Transcultures (Be), Oasis Art, Užiateka, Ideas Block, (Lt), 3 Belgian (Philippe Franck) and French (Tommy Lawson and Christian Vialard) artists are invited to the Kompresorinė – Ideas Block from Vilnius for 10 days sound creation residency. During this period, they work on the sounds of the city and more particularly those of the center of Vilnius.
In addition to this creation residency, the 3 creators who are also each artistic curators also intervene to lead a sound art workshop (practice of field recording, staging and electronic processing) and prepare an exhibition, with a dozen young Lithuanian artists , “Reimagining the city” hosted at Kompresorinė – Ideas Block, which is accompanied by fifteen performances (spread over 3 days) as part of City Sonic Vilnius – Spring Sound Camp #1 co-organized by Pépinières Européennes (Fr), Transcultures (Be), Užiateka and Oasis Art (Lt) with the support of the Municipality of Vilnius and the Lithuanian Council for Culture.
Philippe Franck (aka Paradise Now - Be)
Intermedia producer and creator based in Belgium, Philippe Franck has developed since the 90s the Paradise Now project which favors an actively transversal and collaborative approach. He favors a sensitive and cinematic approach that embraces different influences and fields (electronics, sound art, post-rock, post-pop, improvised music …).
He has worked closely with various videographers (Régis Cotentin, Hanzel & Gretzel), poets (Ira Cohen, Gerard Malanga, Catrine Godin, Biba Sheikh, Werner Moron in Les ours bipolaires, Eric Therer for the project & Stuff), choreographers (Nadine Ganase , Manon Oligny, Karine Ledoyen), digital artists (Philippe Boisnard, Franck Soudan, Jacques Urbanska, Thomas Israël) and other adventurous audio creators (recently Christophe Bailleau within the duo Pastoral, Gauthier Keyaerts in Supernova, Stephan Dunkelman, Maurice Charles JJ, A Limb).
Since 2005, he has also collaborated with holistic performer / masseuse Isa Belle for a series of installations and “sound” performances shown in numerous festivals, cultural centers and international events. He has also produced and participated in several records on various independent labels (Sub Rosa, Optical Sound, Transonic…). In 2022, he began a doctoral thesis in Information and Communication Sciences (Cognition, language, interaction) at the University of Paris 8 (CiTu Paragrahe), under the dual supervision of Khaldoun Zreik (Paris8) and Marc Veyrat (University of Savoie Mont Blanc).
Tommy Lawson (Fr)
Sound artist, sound designer, digital art performer, Tommy Lawson is also a producer and curator of events for the promotion of electronic music. He develops projects combining electronic and electroacoustic music. Deeply attached to the idea of transversality between the arts, he produces numerous music/sound pieces and soundtracks interacting with visual/video arts and contemporary dance.
He develops in collaboration with Armand Lesecq tools for digital audio creations and computer lutherie in the field of sound spatialization. He regularly carries out geolocated sound walks towards the public in order to allow them to live an augmented sound experience in connection with the intangible heritage of a territory. He is at the initiative of the first video mapping carried out in Corsica with the Tunisian collective Design Lab on the occasion of the reopening of the Bastia museum in 2009 of a series of video mapping as part of the European Heritage Days.
In 2008, he created Zone Libre, a structure dedicated to creation, production and distribution through which he has organized the eponymous Festival of Sound Arts since 2019, between art, science and new technologies. This event of support for creation emphasizes the development of transdisciplinary and hypermedia experiences in the field of sound and visual arts.
Christian Vialard (Fr)
Sound and visual creator, Christian Vialard lives in Grasse on the French Riviera. His music speaks of the complexity of our contemporary world, of its multiple forms, its inconsistencies, its violence, but also about the richness of the people who live there. He uses analogue instruments and samplers specific to electronic music and electric guitars closer to post-punk and noise music.
He works with artists from different worlds, depending on the projects and encounters, for instance, with the writer Eric Arlix and the guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay (ex Noir Désir) for the sonopoetic project Hypogé. His productions include sound installations, videos, paintings and sculptures which are shown in exhibitions and at international festivals.
He founded the experimental label Tiramizu in 2001.
Christian Vialard is in charge of teaching digital practices at the National School of Art in Nice, Villa Arson.
City Sonic Vilnius has been recently launched in partnership with City Sonic – international sound art festival initiated by Transcultures (Centre of digital and sound cultures in the Federation Wallonie-Brussels Belgium and also coordinator of the European Pepinieres of Creation international network for the mobility of contemporary artists-projects based in Paris) directed by curator/creator/producer Philippe Franck in 2003.
During 2 weeks, City Sonic offers a sound itinerary in the hosting city with installations, performances and workshops, opening all creative doors (from digital/media arts/devices to invented instruments, from audio-visual to multimedia performances/installations, from the electronic/contemporary music to experimental /improvised music, from sound poetry to radio art…), of sound art today.
Mixing an internationalist vision with the will to develop the local scene and support new/young talents as well as more renown but still singular artists, City Sonic approach focus on site specific works and build relationships between territories, locations, practices, communities, creativities and researches
With a similar approach, City Sonic Vilnius (coordinated by Užiateka and Transcultures Europe) aims to develop in Lithuania and its capital various activities linked to the diversity of sound arts with an interdisciplinary, participative, inclusive and federating vision.
Užiateka is both cultural organisation and a media channel collaborating with various creative artists and organisations. We organize and lead the events like performances, concerts, creative workshops, art therapies, interdisceplinary art projects. Užiateka was established in 2019 in Repulic of Užupis, by Vilnelė river. Since 2023 Užiateka flowed symbolically by Vilnelė to Neris, the main river of Vilnius and situaed by its coast.
Užiateka streams it’s own online tv channel “Užiateka TV” with different forms of cultural expression involving videos: cultural events, educational sessions and meetings with artists.
Kotryna Žilinskaitė (Creative director)
Kotryna Žilinskaitė is an interdisciplinary artist who combines theatre, contemporary and butoh dance, and sound performances. Kotryna organizes festivals, and concerts, directs films and plays, creates and participates in artistic projects, performances, and happenings, and leads various creative workshops.
Hasan Alp Celikel (Art director)
Hasan Alp Celikel is an interdisciplinary artist who works in visual, performative arts, design, and music. Hasan’s journey in art started at an early age and has endured until now. The artist aims to illuminate the alchemy through a magical mind through the surreal expressions appearing in his work.
Independent cultural space, located in Vilnius, the characteristics of the space – a former compressor room of the old Physics institute, are a sample of the space’s past and its new life. The venue consists of 3 main spaces: gallery; events and social space / cafe; co-working and lab / workshop.